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Mitchell Gun Club draws 222 shooters for SD State Shoot

SD Trap Shoot organizer deems state event a success.

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Mitchell's Maddy Henkel competes in the 16-yard shoot during the South Dakota State Trap Shoot on Saturday at the Mitchell Gun.

The July heat and a pair of brief rain delays did not stop some of the best shooters in the state, region and country from putting on a show at the Mitchell Gun Club.

The three-day South Dakota State Shoot drew a total of 222 entries, with the most well attended day of the event being Saturday for the singles championship that needed to be resolved in a three-way shootout.

In total, Mitchell Gun Club Manager Jerry Opbroek was pleased with how the shoot went.

“The shoot went very well,” Opbroek said. “Other than the delays due to weather, the rest of the shoot went exceptionally well.”

National Trapshooting Hall of Famer Fred Nagel was the lone Mitchell native to capture a championship, winning the Matthew Bartholow Doubles shoot. Nagel bested a field that featured 120 other opponents by hitting 99 out of 100 targets.

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Nagel’s son, Chris, was the top Class AA shooter in the event, hitting 93 of his 100 targets. Fred Nagel also placed fifth in Sunday’s Handicap Championship with a score of 93, finishing with final score of 874 for the weekend, which was three behind champion Matthew Bartholow. Chris Nagel scored a 93 from 25-26.5 yards.

Platte’s Luke Meyerink registered a 94 from 22-24.5 yards and Michael Meyerink had a 93 from 19-21.5 yards.

Mitchell’s Tim Harrington also record the top Class A score in the 16-yard targets with a 189.

“Fred Nagel always shoots very well,” Opbroek said. “He’s one of the top shooters in the United States.”

The highlight of the weekend may have been the shoot-off to determine the singles champion, which featured Sioux Falls’ Rodney Larson and Rapid City brothers Foster and Matt Bartholow.

Larson eventually edged Foster Bartholow for the championship after the three seemingly could not miss, drawing a throng of spectators.

“I believe they shot 125 shells before anybody went out,” Opbroek said. “To watch people stand there and shoot several hundred targets and not miss any is pretty impressive. It was very impressive to see Rodney win that event over Foster and Matt Bartholow, who are two of the best shooters in the United States. It just happened to be his day.”

Foster Bartholow was also the runner-up in the South Dakota Doubles Championship as Bath’s Tim Reed hit all 100 of his targets to secure the win. Bartholow hit 98, while Nagel hit 97.

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